Meet Our 2023 Leadership & Board
President & Board Chair
Together, let’s build a COMMUNITY of leaders where we we can learn, grow, and feel empowered to achieve our goals and make change!
Jenny has held a variety of roles within NAAAP, including Vice President of Internal Affairs and Director of Social Media & Public Relations for NAAAP DC, Volunteer Coordinator for NLA, and Registration & Career Fair Director for the Leadership Convention.
She is the Vice President of the National Organization for Vietnamese American Leadership where she founded a mentorship program for Vietnamese college students. She is also on the Event Execution Committee of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and is a volunteer for Girls on the Run. Jenny received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wichita State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Development Studies at George Washington University.
She enjoys volunteering, traveling, trying new foods, playing video games, and watching and playing sports.
Executive Vice President
I can’t wait to serve the local API community as part of this year’s NAAAP DC leadership team and inspire, develop, and connect our members to become the leaders they aspire and deserve to be.
Mary has dedicated her career to advancing education access and equity, first as a teacher in Hong Kong and now as the Director of Marketing and Communications for a national nonprofit. Beyond work, Mary has always made significant volunteer commitments to support her community, especially first-generation and historically underserved youth. Mary received her BA in Development Studies with a geographic focus on China from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). She is a proud native of San Francisco, California where she grew up surrounded by a multinational, multicultural, multilingual family and community.
Vice President of communications & marketing
Vice President of membership
I am super excited to be back with NAAAP DC. I am looking forward to helping make 2023 a memorable year for NAAAP!
Teach has been part of the NAAAP-DC family for over 15 years. In the past, Teach served as the Vice President and President of NAAAP-DC. After a hiatus, Teach rejoined the NAAAP family last year as the Director of Communications. This year Teach is serving as the Vice President of Membership and is charged with building a stronger community within NAAAP members. Teach enjoys spending time working out, boxing, lion dancing, and practicing kung-fu!
Director of Community Engagement
The surge in racial violence in the US from 2020 until now has demonstrated the need for us to show support for members within the Asian American community and for other communities of color.
Liz is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant, a social justice advocate, a US Air Force reserve officer, a Korean American adopted by an Italian American family, and is married to a wonderful man from Mexico. Liz lived and worked in 4 different countries on 4 different continents, which equipped her with a deep understanding of patterns of oppression in a variety of cultural contexts. Liz’s time abroad was enriched by coursework on race, privilege, and power for both of her Master’s degrees. Liz likes to lift weights, create social justice-themed art, practice Spanish, and learn Russian martial arts.
Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
I am so honored and grateful for the opportunity to support Asian Americans across identities in the DC area!
Liz Kleinrock (she/her) is a Korean-American transracial adoptee, queer, Jewish, antibias and antiracist educator, facilitator, and author. In 2018, Liz received the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2019 delivered her TED Talk, “How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics.” In the spring of 2021, Liz released her first book, Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community with Heinemann Publishing, and is excited to announce the publication of four upcoming children’s books with HarperCollins. This is Liz’s first year with NAAAP, and is excited to curate intersectional DEI programming for the NAAAP community, as well as survey NAAAP members about their experiences within the organization. Outside of DEI work, Liz enjoys watching horror movies, fly fishing, and cooking with her Mexican chef husband.
Director of Self-Care & Wellness
Director of Membership
Welcome to a community of asian american professionals of which we seek to create a collaborative and welcoming environment for all to learn, grow, and become part of the community
Tim serves as the Director of Membership for NAAAP DC. He is a strong advocate for Asian American leadership and representation within Corporate America to help pave the way for the next generation for Asian American Leaders. Tim holds a BS in Business with a Finance concentration from Miami University.